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New Religions And The Nazis

byKarla PoeweEditorKarla Poewe

Paperback | December 16, 2005

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This book sheds light on an important but neglected part of Nazi history ¿ the contribution of new religions to the emergence of Nazi ideology in 1920s and 1930s Germany.

Post ¿World War I conditions threw Germans into major turmoil. The loss of the war, the Weimar Republic and the punitive Treaty of Versailles all caused widespread discontent and resentment. As a result Germans generally and intellectuals specifically took political, paramilitary, and religious matters into their own hands to achieve national regeneration. Taken together such cultural figures as Jakob Wilhelm Hauer, Mathilde Ludendorff, Ernst Bergmann, Hans F.K. G¿nther, and nationalist writers like Hans Grimm created a mind-set that swept across Germany like a tidal wave. By fusing politics, religion, theology, Indo-Aryan metaphysics, literature and Darwinian science they intended to craft a new, genuinely German faith-based political community. What emerged instead was an anti-Semitic totalitarian political regime known as National Socialism. Looking at modern paganism as well as the established Church, Karla Poewe reveals that the new religions founded in the pre-Nazi and Nazi years, especially Jakob Hauer¿s German Faith Movement,  present a model for how German fascism distilled aspects of religious doctrine into political extremism.

New Religions and the Nazis addresses one of the most important questions of the twentieth century ¿ how and why did Germans come to embrace National Socialism? Researched from original documents, letters and unpublished papers, including the SS personnel files held in the German Federal Archives, it is an absorbing and fresh approach to the difficulties raised by this deeply significant period of history.

Title:New Religions And The NazisFormat:PaperbackDimensions:236 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.6 inPublished:December 16, 2005Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0415290252

ISBN - 13:9780415290258

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderfully helpful book This is a really helpful book that really helps one understand how and why the Nazis came to power. It is very well researched and contains numerous references to German archives. The analysis is sharp and the warnings it contains for the present although unstated are pregnant in the text.
Date published: 2006-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book This is a wonderful book that I wish had been available when I was a student. There are things here that I have never seen anywhere else. Reading it one understands National Socialism much better. In particular the fact that the Nazis hated Jewish-Christianity which they saw as a form of cultural imperialism was a real insight to me. I strongly recommend this book to anyone interested in the history of the twentieth century, cults and new religions, or the way politicians create and manipulate propaganda.
Date published: 2006-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from New Religions and the Nazis I picked up this book in England and found it absolutely absorbing. It explains the Nazi ideology better than anything I have ever read. it also helps the reader understand how the Nazis actively encouraged anti-Semitism and, although it does not address the issue directly, what dangers face modern society from Nazi inspired intellectual movements. This is a truly great book that ought to be in every library and should be read by any one inerested in modern history.
Date published: 2006-03-09

Table of Contents

1. Introduction  2. An Overview  3. Hauer and the B¿nde: Becoming a National Socialist  4. The Push toward Nazism: Youths and Leaders  5. Hauer¿s View of Religion  6. The Germanic-deutsch Leg of Hauer¿s German Faith  7. Organizational Help from Wehrwolf and the SS  8. Hauer and the War of Attrition against Christianity  9. Werner Best: Hauer¿s Reciever in the SS  10. The Faith of the Nationalists: Narrative and the Third Reich  11. Scientific Neo-Paganism and the Extreme Right Then and Today  12. Conclusion